Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021
Media contact: Clare Fauke, PNHP communications specialist, email@example.com
Statement from Dr. Susan Rogers, president of Physicians for a National Health Program:
“The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Texas’ near-total abortion ban (SB8) is a public health emergency. SB8 would force those seeking abortion care to travel hundreds of additional miles — an impossible barrier for low-income Texans who must either carry their pregnancies to term, or risk death or mutilation from self-induced abortions. Lives are at stake, since state-level abortion bans strongly correlate with increased maternal mortality. In addition, SB8’s primitive enforcement mechanism puts a bounty on health care providers, who have endured decades of attacks simply for providing constitutionally protected care. As physicians, we call on the courts to immediately block the implementation of this law, and on our national leaders to guarantee full access and coverage for all reproductive health care, including abortion.”
Physicians for a National Health Program (www.pnhp.org) is a nonprofit research and education organization whose more than 24,000 members support single-payer national health insurance.